Full steam ahead for plant

Tablelands Advertiser - - RURAL INSIGHT - An­drea Falvo

Table­lands Sugar Mill has be­come a hive of ac­tiv­ity with works to build a $75 mil­lion Green En­ergy Power Plant un­der way and con­struc­tion on track to start in May.

FGF Civil Con­trac­tors be­gan early ex­ca­va­tions on the site in Novem­ber last year and the site prepa­ra­tion is ex­pected to take five months.

The plant will run on bagasse, a 100 per cent re­new­able sug­ar­cane fi­bre, which will fuel the green power plant and sup­ply process steam and power to run the sugar mill as well as ex­cess power into the lo­cal grid.

Gen­eral Man­ager, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Hy­wel Cook said the Table­lands Mill was MSF Sugar’s “most mod­ern mill” and was cho­sen as the site for the power plant be­cause it was “project ready”.

“The mill was ready be­cause we al­ready had a good trans­mis­sion line to the lo­cal Er­gon grid ... and the mill is al­ready very steam ef­fi­cient with a large sur­plus of bagasse,” he said.

“We have com­pleted the ini­tial site prepa­ra­tion ahead of the wet sea­son.

“We have or­dered the ma­jor long lead time items – the big­gest item is the steam tur­bine.”

Mr Cook said the power plant would bring ben­e­fits that would last well into the fu­ture.

“Pro­duc­ing elec­tric­ity for eight to nine months of the year will al­low MSF Sugar to sup­ply elec­tric­ity into the lo­cal Table­land re­gion Er­gon En­ergy grid dur­ing peak de­mand pe­ri­ods (the first quar­ter of the year),” he said.

“We will also dis­place elec­tric­ity sup­plied into the re­gion from the coal fired power sta­tions from Cen­tral Queens­land.”

Mr Cook said MSF Sugar hoped the Table­land Mill site would later be de­vel­oped into a bio-re­fin­ery com­plex.

“The power sta­tion is a crit­i­cal piece for this com­plex,” he said.

The Green En­ergy Power Plant is ex­pected to be in full op­er­a­tion in mid-July 2018.

Ger­man EPC spe­cial­ist Thyssenkrupp In­dus­trial So­lu­tions was cho­sen for the En­gi­neer­ing, Pro­cure, Con­struct con­tract for the large-scale project late last year.

MSF Sugar Gen­eral Man­ager – Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, Hy­wel Cook, and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mike Barry in­spect bagasse, which will fuel the new green power sta­tion at Table­land Mill near Ma­reeba.

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